I grew up with a spotless home. My mother was very good about keeping everything in tip-top shape. I picked up quite a few pointers from her, but dealing with hard water stains was something I didn’t know anything about.
If you have hard water, you’ve more than likely have seen stains appear in your bathroom or kitchen where there is a water source. The minerals from the hard water build up over time, and are not easily scrubbed off. I’ve found the best cleaner at attacking hard water stains is vinegar.
Here is my kitchen sink faucet before I started cleaning.
Here are the steps I took to treating this baby.
1. I took a few paper towels, soaked them in white vinegar and wrapped them around the faucet.
2. I’d pop in with a toothbrush every 6 hours or so and scrub away the hard water stains and then reapply the paper towels. After 1 day of letting the faucet soak, it looked like this.
It was looking much better already. But it still wasn’t clean enough so I reapplied the paper towels, added a little vinegar and let it soak for about 3 more days, still popping in with a tooth brush every once and a while. Here’s what it looks like now.
It looks much better. Although, it’s still not completely back to new, I couldn’t deal with the vinegar smell anymore. I’ve heard that you can mix a little lemon juice in with the vinegar to help it along. Has anyone tried this? If you have any pointers, I’d love to hear them.